Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has explained just why Marcus Rashford was given the number 10 shirt, calling it a fantastic moment for the player.
The shirt is an iconic one at the club though arguably not as iconic as the number 7 shirt but it’ll still weigh heavy on the Englishman’s shoulder.
Rashford’s never been known to shy away from an occasion or from pressure and it’s clear that he was more than happy to take the vacated number.
In recent seasons the likes of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic wore the shirt but with both now currently in the United States of America, the youngster seized his opportunity.
Marcus is in the midst of creating a legacy at United and what better way to do so by putting on the iconic number whilst continually performing well?
According to the club’s official website, Jose said to MUTV: “He wanted it, he always wanted it. Of course, he respected the big Rooney and then Zlatan wanted to have it.
“Of course, he was in the shadow, waiting for the opportunity and now the shirt is empty. It’s something fantastic for the kid, let’s give the shirt to him.”
The upcoming season is a crucial one for Rashford’s development in terms of establishing himself in the starting XI.
There’s no doubt the academy product gets plenty of game time under Mourinho’s management but it’s been a mixed bag of starts and substitute appearances.
Marcus had to compete with Anthony Martial for the left-wing position for much of last season and now is the time to completely dominate the position.